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Tainan Day 2

Officially the second day we were in Taiwan, but essentially the first day of sight-seeing. We booked a tour via roundTaiwanround for the sole reason of visiting the Fire-Water Cave in Guanziling, which was too far and inconvenient for two non-drivers to get to. Rather than going through the hassle of figuring out the best public transport we can take to get there, we decided to just hire a one-day driver tour to take us around for the day. Another reason for this is that we are not going to spend that many days in Tainan itself, this is the only full day we have and we might as well take full advantage of having a driver to drive us wherever we want to go, allowing us to take in more sights.

First Stop: Chihkan Tower ( ) / Fort Provintia

Chikan Tower

A place with historical significance, though frankly, I was more interested in taking photos. It was the first stop our driver took us to but I believe it is of walking distance from our hotel.

 

 

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Narrative Reflections: The Appeal of Fantasy Stories and Films

Note: This was originally posted in Narrative Reflections as a blog post for an undergraduate honours module, Narrative Structures.

Fantasy stories and films, just like any other fiction, is a product of someone’s imagination. The difference is in the setting. While fictions of other genres are set in the real world and linked tightly to reality, the fantasy genre can be set in another world, the future, or even the real world, with mystical or science-fictional elements in it. Such stories have always appealed to humans, as evident by mythologies of the past and “horrid novels” of lurid tales, a prominent example being Frankenstein.

This appeal to people may be due to several reasons, and it probably varies from time to time, age group to age group. Mythologies, especially those pertaining to gods and the like, are used to explain the natural phenomenon that our ancestors could not explain and therefore attributed to supernatural entities like deities and gods. One example is the mythological Greek god, Apollo, who drives he chariot, as a story to explain the sunrise and sunset. This appeal of fantasy arises out of a need to explain phenomenon they do not understand.

This appeal today probably arises out of a need to escape from the realities of life. With a fast-paced and stressful work life in today’s world, it is no wonder that some would prefer to relax by immersing themselves in a world filled with tales of courage, loyalty, valour and other symbolisms of heroism. This is particularly so after a day of backstabbing in office politics, suffering from it, or other ugly realities of life.

Children and teenagers too, would revel in such tales as they imagine themselves as the usually moral, upright and powerful hero that they would like to be. The appeal of fantasy lies in allowing one to imagine oneself as the hero in the tales, especially if you are not happy with what you are doing in your real life. Such fantasy stories and films often symbolises what one wants to pursue and thus it is not surprising that fantasy stories such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings revolving around the development of a hero are so popular that they have been made into films.